Stolen Guns in Sac Name:Ace Deuce Bail Bonds Offices and Locations:Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose

The bail industry and bail bondsmen serve no public safety function for Californians. In the illustrative case of Ace Deuce Bail Bonds, rather than protecting the public, its bail bondsmen have been known to break the law themselves — all to line their pockets.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Shawn Allen “Frosty” Rapoza, former owner of Ace Deuce Bail Bonds, accepted stolen assault weapons in exchange for providing bail.

Possession of assault weapons, trading in stolen property, and paying inmates to solicit bail aren’t usually the markers of a reputable business – but then again, we’re talking about the bail industry in California.  

“Prosecutors charged Rapoza with illegal possession and transportation of a Stag Arms .223 assault rifle and an Interdynamic 9mm handgun, also classified in the complaint as an assault weapon. [A search] also turned up a Winchester pump shotgun, a Taurus .38 revolver, a Daniel Defense .223 rifle, a Survival Arms .223 rifle, a Glock semiautomatic pistol, a Taurus .357 revolver, a Sturm Ruger .357 revolver, a Derringer .38, a Vulcan .223 rifle, a Jennings .22 pistol, a stun gun and some 9mm ammunition,” according to the Bee.

Bail bondsmen like to cultivate an image as tough guys who live outside the law to

intimidate others. There’s often truth behind the image — and California’s broken money bail system enables it.

Rapoza was charged with two counts of possession and two counts of transportation of assault weapons. He was also charged with being an ex-felon in possession of firearms.

“The complaint also accuses him of illegal possession of a stun gun, possession of ammunition, possession of methamphetamine, paying an inmate to solicit bail for him in the jail and failing to properly maintain collateral that was posted as bail,” the Bee reported.

Rapoza isn’t the only bail bondsman at Ace Deuce Bail Bonds who’s been in trouble with the law. Jesse Leroy “Prettie-Boi” Saenz was charged with similar crimes. 

Both Rapoza and Saenz were sentenced to jail time and probation and had their bail agent licenses stripped. That cleared the way for the current owner, David Antonio Richardson, to take over the business.

Richardson worked at Ace Deuce Bail Bonds under Rapoza. He has previous convictions, including for possession of PCP and cocaine, grand theft, and receiving stolen property.

A law enforcement search of Ace Deuce Bail Bonds, Rapoza’s home and storage locker turned up assault weapons and ammunition, as well as methamphetamine.

The sordid tale of Ace Deuce Bail Bonds, its current and former employees, is but another walking, talking, assault-weapon-toting (and trading) case study on the need to fix California’s broken money bail system. The status quo is allowing bail bond companies like Ace Deuce Bail Bonds and others in this predatory industry to thrive and puts profits before law and public safety.